May PlanAhead: Your Portland events calendar

Happy May, Portland. 🌸  If you’re anything like us, you’re ecstatic about the sunny days, blooming flowers, and summer on the horizon — and with all that excitement, you’re also looking for fun local events to attend. Read on for all the top events happening this month in the City of Roses.

All month long

  • Last Stop on Market Street | Sun., May 1- Sun., May 29 | Times vary | Newmark Theater, 1111 SW Broadway | $15+ | A blend of rap, gospel, Motown and hip-hop, this musical is sure to get you moving. 
  • Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism | Sat., Feb. 19-Sun., June 5 | Times vary | Portland Art Museum | $25 | Explore the fascinating Avante-Garde cultural movement of early 20th century Mexico. 
  • PSU Farmers Market | Saturdays | 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | South Park Blocks at SW Park Ave. + SW Montgomery St. | Free | Enjoy food, drinks, and shopping year-round, rain or shine. 
  • Portland Saturday Market | Saturdays | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 2 SW Naito Pkwy. | Free | The largest arts and crafts fair in the country awaits.
  • Portland Flea | Sundays | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | 240 SE Clay St. | Vintage purveyors sell a wide range of creations from clothes to jewelry while chefs cook up foreign cuisines.
  • The Smuggler | Thurs., April 28-Sun., May 22 | Times vary | T. C. O’Leary’s, 2926 NE Alberta St. | $15+ | Grab a pint and take in this one-man play about an Irish immigrant’s aspirations to become a writer.         
  • Oregon Wine Month | Sun., May 1-Tues., May 31 | Time vary | Locations vary | Prices vary | Experience one of the world’s best wine producing regions: the Willamette Valley. 🍷         
  • Come Thru: Black & Indigenous Market | Mon., May 2-Mon., Oct. 31 | 3-7 p.m. | The Redd on Salmon Street, 831 SE Salmon St. | Free | Support local BIPOC farmers + makers working to make their small business dreams a reality.
  • Sauvie Island Native Plant Sale | Sun., May 1-Tues., May 31 | By appointment | Sauvie Island Natives, 14745 NW Gillihan Rd. | Prices vary | Mention the Portland Audubon and 25% of proceeds will be donated to the organization’s work. 🌱  
  • “Appropriate” | Thurs., May 5-Sun., May 22 | Times vary | Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave. | $45 | Estranged family members gather together after the loss of a relative in this play about personal baggage + shocking discoveries. 🎭      

Sunday, May 1

Sunday, May 1 

  • Lorde | Sun., May 1 | 7:30 p.m. | Moda Center | $81+ | The one and only Lorde of New Zealand is bringing her unconventional tunes to Portland. 
  • Booker T. Jones | Sun., May 1 | 8 p.m. | Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St. | $48+ | The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is here to celebrate 60 years of his smash hit single, “Green Onions.”
  • Nano Beer Fest | Fri., April. 29-Sun., May 1 | Times vary | John’s Marketplace, 3535 SW Multnomah Blvd. | $20+ | You don’t want to miss this bi-annual festival showcasing the best small-batch, local beers, ciders and wines. 🍺
  • Hamilton | Thurs., April 13-Sun., May 1 | Times vary | Keller Auditorium | $323+ | Don’t throw away your last shot to see the Broadway smash hit.
  • Dvorak’s New World Symphony | Sat., April 30 – Sun., May 1 | Times vary | Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall | $36+ | Folk, classic + jazz are just a few of the genres of music you’ll hear at this symphony.
  • Royal Blood | Sun., May 1 | 8 p.m. | McMenamins Crystal Ballroom | $32.50 + | Royal Blood is bringing the noise with a mixture of bass, drums + anguished vocals. 🥁
  • Dundee Loves Drag | Sun., May 1 | 11:30 a.m. + 3 p.m. | Day Wines at Day Camp, 21160 Oregon 99W, Dundee | Dive into daytime drag with provisions + vino to help support Wine Country Pride events and initiatives.

Monday, May 2-Sunday, May 8

Monday, May 2

  • Live Music: The Catbird Seats | Mon., May 2 | 7-9 p.m. | Rose City Book Pub, 1329 NE Fremont St. | Free | A mix of reinvented songs by a group of award-winning artists.
  • Floating Room + Sour Widows | Mon., May 2 | 7 p.m. | Doug Fir Lounge | $15+ | Portland’s own Floating Room is here to prove one thing: They are a rock band. 🎸
  • Come Thru: Black & Indegenious Market | Mon., May 2 | 12-4 p.m. | The Redd on Salmon Street, 831 SE Salmon St. | Free | This market supports BIPOC growers in taking their small business dreams to the farmers market environment. 
  • Rage Against the Machine | Mon., May 2 | 8 p.m.| Moda Center | $192+ | Rage Against the Machine is bringing the rage to Portland on you guessed it — a Monday night.
  • Kathryn Schulz | Mon., May 2 | 7 p.m. | Powell’s City of Books | $27 | Get a signed copy of Kathyrn Schulz’s memoir, “Lost & Found.” 📖
  • Tiny Fish Co. Pop-Up | Mon., May 2 | 6-9 p.m. | Bar Norman, 2615 SE Clinton St. | Prices vary | Enjoy snacks from two “Top Chef” alums + enter to win merchandise from the maker of tinned sea treats. 🐟

Tuesday, May 3 

  • Oregon Technology Awards | Tues., May 3 | 4-9 p.m. | Oregon Convention Center | $50+ | Celebrate the achievements and excellence of our region’s tech industry.
  • Oberhofer | Tues., May 3 | 8 p.m. | Doug Fir Lounge | $18 | Billboard describes Oberhoffer as “a premium combination of totally silly and dead serious.” 
  • Classical Up Close 2022 | Tues., May 3 | 7 p.m. | Mt. Scott Park Presbyterian, 5512 SE 73rd Ave. | Free | Join Oregon Symphony musicians and their friends for a free performance. 🎺
  • Robert Evans | Tues., May 3 | 7 p.m. | Powell’s City of Books | Free | In his debut novel “After the Revolution,” this author imagines what the fracturing of the US would look like in 2070.
  • OMSI Science Pub | Tues., May 3 | 7-9 p.m. | Empirical Theatre at OMSI | $5 | Explore facts about the 2018 Kilauea Volcano eruption and what we learned from it. 🌋
  • Janelle Brown in Conversation with Rene Denefield | Tues., May 3 | 7 p.m. | Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. | $28 | Listen to a discussion about Janelle Brown’s latest novel, “I’ll Be You.”  
  • Swirl in the Pearl: A PCS Benefit Performance | Tues., May 3 | 6:30 p.m. | Portland Center Stage at the Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave. | $50+ | This benefit includes pre-show food +  drink, an original play-within-a-play, followed by a dance party. 

Wednesday, May 4 

  • Bearcubs | Wed., May 4 | 8 p.m. | Doug Fir Lounge | $16 | This singer traveled to Berlin to get his creative juices flowing, and now he’s back with something to prove. 
  • Flatland Cavalry | Wed., May 4 | 8 p.m. | Revolution Hall | $20 | After years of local performances in their native stomping grounds of Texas, Flatland Cavalry is finally breaking free.  
  • Paul Holes in Conversation with Yeardley Smith and Dan + Dave from Small Town Dicks | Wed., May 4 | 7 p.m. | Powell’s City of Books | Get an insider account of some of America’s most notorious serial killers and a signed copy of “Unmasked.” 
  • Classical Up Close 2022 | Wed., May 4 | 7 p.m. | First Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1816 NW Irving St. | Free | If you like strings, this particular concert is a must see. 
  • Dance Theatre of Harlem | Wed., May 4 | 7:30 p.m. | Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall| $30+ | Watch talented performers dance in a performance set in 1969, the height of the American Civil Rights Movement. 
  • Ash Davidson | Wed., May 4 | 7 p.m. | Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. | $18 | Get a signed copy of Ash Davidson’s latest, “Damnation Spring.” 
  • Rose Festival Honors | Wed., May 4 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon St. | Free | A networking + awards event dedicated to empowering women and encouraging mentorship; RSVP is required and space is limited.🏆
  • Student Research Symposium | Wed., May 4 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom, 1825 SW Broadway | Free | PSU students will share their research findings through posters + oral presentations.
  • The Creative Species: Imagination & Collaboration in Human Evolution | Wed., May 4 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Online | Free | Tune into this lecture from Agustín Fuentes, Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University.

Thursday, May 5

  • First Thursday | Thurs., May 5 | 6-10 p.m. | Various locations in the Pearl District | Free | Your one-stop shop for art, wine + more. 
  • Sign, Sing, and Play Session 2 | Thurs., May 5 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. | 5441 SE Belmont St. | $99 | Take a class with your little one to learn signing education through music + movement. 🤟
  • St. Paul & The Broken Bones | Thurs., May 5 | 8:30 p.m. | McMenamins Crystal Ballroom | $35+ | This eight-piece soul band from Birmingham, Alabama stops by on its “The Alien Coast Tour.”
  • Tiny Tumblers | Thurs., May 5 | 10-10:55 a.m. | Sellwood Community House, 1436 SE Spokane St. | $15+ | Drop-ins are welcome at this class, where kids learn body awareness, coordination + confidence through basic gymnastics and tumbling.
  • APPROPRIATE | Thurs., May 5-Sun., May 22 | Times vary | Profile Theatre, 216 NW 13th Ave. | $35 | Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ play about the Lafayette family won the 2014–2015 Obie Award for “Best New American Play.” 
  • First Thursdays in the Pearl | Thurs., May 5 | 6-7 p.m. | Erath Urban Tasting Room, 1439 NW Marshall St. | Prices vary | Enjoy live jazz and an exclusive wine flight. 🎺                                       

Friday, May 6

  • LDW + Cytrus | Fri., May 6 |  9 p.m. | Doug Fir Lounge | $25 | Two PNW-based groups come together for an exciting night of funk and dance. 
  • An Evening with Pierre Bensusan | Fri., May 6 | 8-10 p.m. | The Old Church Concert Hall, 1422 SW 11th Ave. | $22+ | Spend the evening enjoying the sounds of this French-Algerian artist’s acoustic guitar. 
  • Widowspeak | Fri., May 6 | 8 p.m. | Polaris Hall, 635 N. Killingsworth Ct. | $15 | This easy-going and relaxed indie-pop duo brings warmth to dark truths. 
  • Moon Hooch | Fri., May 6 | 9 p.m. | Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St. | $22 | Familiarize yourself with “cave music” — similar to house music, but more primitive, jagged, and raw. 
  • Troutdale First Friday Art Walk | Fri., May 6 | 5-8 p.m. | Historic Columbia River Hwy between Buxton Road + Kibling Street | Free | Stroll down the Historic Columbia River Highway as it closes to traffic for an evening of art, food, music + local vendors. 

Saturday, May 7 

  • The Hippie Half Marathon | Sat., May 7 | 7:30 a.m. | Ron Tonkin Field, 4460 NE Century Blvd., Hillsboro | $15+ | Run in the next chapter of the Hippie Chick, the original all-women race, which is now open to everyone.
  • Makers de Mayo | Sat., May 7 | 12-6 p.m. | Portland Mercado,  7238 SE Foster Rd. | Free | Support local makers and BIPOC business owners, while savoring the food vendors, entertainment, and more.
  • Fountain Grand Opening | Sat., May 7 | 4-8 p.m. | Beaverton City Park, 12500 SW 4th St., Beaverton | Free | Residents can enjoy the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the more-sustainable + programmable water feature, plus entertainment and art activities. 
  • Trupa Trupa | Sat., May 7 | 9 p.m. | Doug Fir Lounge | $13 | This Polish indie rock band is here for one night only. 
  • An African American Requiem | Sat., May 7 | 6 p.m. | Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall | $20+ | The world premiere of Portland composer Damien Geter’s musical response to the violence against African Americans in the United States. 
  • Portland Indigenous Marketplace | Sat., May 7 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | African Youth and Community Organization Parking Lot, 432 NE 74th Ave. | Free | Support local indigenous artists and entrepreneurs at this barrier-free, culturally respectful marketplace. 
  • Makers Market | Sat., May 7 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Metalwood Salvage, 4311 NE Prescott St. | Free | Shop from local vendors who promote sustainable practices + create with recycled materials.
  • Mother’s Day Event | Sat., May 7 | 12 p.m. | Bible Club, 6716 SE 16th Ave. | Free+ | This party has it all: a live DJ, mani/pedis, massages, Botox, floral arrangements, drink specials, snacks, and more. 💅

Sunday, May 8 

  • Mother’s Day Cruise | Sun., May 8 | Various times | Various locations |  $39+ | Treat Mom to brunch or dinner during a 2.5-hour cruise in Portland or along the Columbia River.  
  • Shout Out Louds + Toledo  | Sun, May 8 | 9 p.m. | Doug Fir Lounge | $25 | Warm and soft melancholic indie pop/rock from Sweden.
  • Kodomo no Hi, Children’s Day | Sun., May 8 | 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Portland Japanese Garden | Free+ | This traditional Japanese festival celebrating the growth + good fortune of children is returning for the first time in two years.
  • Mother’s Day Sparkling Brunch | Sun., May 8 | Times vary | Rex Hill Winery, 30835 N. Hwy 99W, Newberg | $25+ | Treat Mom to three decadent courses and a complimentary welcome beverage. 
  • Moms and Mimosas | Sat., May 7 + Sun., May 8 | Times vary | Hip Chicks Do Wine, 4510 SE 23rd Ave. | $10+ | You don’t need to be a mom to enjoy these brunch-inspired small plates, wine flights + mimosas. 
  • Classical Up Close 2022 | Sun., May 8 | 2 p.m. | Muslim Educational Trust, 10330 SW Scholls Ferry Rd., Tigard | Free | Join Oregon Symphony musicians + friends for a full-length concert featuring a selection of pieces. 
  • “Whose Live Anyway?” | Sun., May 8 | 7 p.m. | Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St. | $29+ | The current cast of “Whose Line Is It Anyway” will take audience suggestions to improv witty comedy + song.  

Monday, May 9-Sunday, May 15

Monday, May 9 

  • The Mountain Goats | Mon., May 9 | 8 p.m. | Aladdin Theater | $45 | This California-based alternative rock band comes to Portland after the release of their latest album, “Dark In Here.” 
  • Mastodon/Opeth | Mon., May 9 | 7 p.m. | Keller Auditorium | $45+ | This Atlanta-based heavy metal band is bringing their fury to Portland. 
  • Wet + Zsela | Mon., May 9 | 9 p.m. | Doug Fir Lounge | $25 | The three-piece band is showcasing their natural, playful sounds from early in their career. .
  • Douglas Stuart + Omar El Akkad | Mon., May 9 | 7 p.m. | Powell’s City of Books | Free | The author of “Young Mungo” will chat about his latest release.
  • An Evening with Hrishikesh Hirway + Jenny Owen Youngs | Mon., May 9 | 8 p.m. | Polaris Hall, 635 N. Killingsworth Ct. | $20 | Two musicians join up for a tour of musical storytelling. 
  • Slayyyter | Mon., May 9  | 8 p.m. | Hawthorne Theatre | $20 | It’s all in the name, the popstress is here to slay. 
  • Watercolor Painting with Ronna: The American Kestrel | Mon., May 9 | 6-7:15 p.m. | Online | $20 | The experienced art educator + bird enthusiast will teach you how to paint a portrait of this magnificent falcon. 🐦

Tuesday, May 10 

  • Annette Gordon-Reed | Tues., May 10 | 7 p.m. | Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall | $36+ | Listen to an informative lecture on Juneteenth and more from this Harvard University professor and award-winning author.   
  • HTRK | Tues., May 10 | 9 p.m. | Doug Fir Lounge | $15 | Elevate your mood with the smoldering sounds of Australian duo Jonnine Standish and Nigel Yang.
  • Christone “Kingfish” Ingram | Tues., May 10 | 7:30 p.m. | Roseland Theater | $25+ | Get your blues fix with this Mississippi native.
  • “The Day I Die” | Tues., May 10 | 7 p.m. | Powell’s City of Books | Free | Meet award-winning author Anita Hannig and get your signed copy of the book that delves into assisted suicide in America. 
  • The Moth StorySlam: Cravings | Tues., May 10 | 8-10 p.m. | The Old Church Concert Hall, 1422 SW 11th Ave. | $15 | Create your own five-minute story about the foods, people, and anything else you crave most — and listen as others do the same. 🍕
  • Classic Pork Dumplings with Jannie | Tues., May 10 | 6-8 p.m. | Cookshop, 2627 SE Clinton St. | $85 | Learn how to fill pillowy dough pockets with delicious filling + pan fry them to a golden crisp.

Wednesday, May 11 

  • Arch Enemy + Behemoth | Wed., May 11 | 6:30 p.m. | Roseland Theater | $69+ | Experience the one-two punch of these Swedish and Polish death metal bands. 🎸
  • Kevin Divine| Wed., May 11 | 7:30 p.m. | Doug Fir Lounge | $17 | “Nothing’s real, so nothing’s wrong” is the conviction Divine shares; here’s your chance to catch his ethereal performance. 
  • Consider This with Laura Kipnis | Wed., May 11 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St. | $15+ | An onstage conversation with cultural critic and essayist Laura Kipnis on love, marriage, capitalism + sexual politics in the United States.                                                                                                                                                   
  • Sigur Ros | Wed., May 11 | 8 p.m. | Moda Center | $91+ | This Icelandic post-rock band has been around since ‘94. 
  • The Special Consensus | Wed., May 11 | 8 p.m.-10 p.m.| The Old Church Concert Hall, 1422 SW 11th Ave. | $25+ | Catch the blues from this Grammy-nominated bluegrass band.

Thursday, May 12

  • For King and Country | Thurs., May 12 | 7 p.m. | Veterans Memorial Coliseum | $48+ | Catch this Christian rock band on its “What Are We Waiting For? Tour.” 
  • CineVox Dance Film Festival | Thurs., May 12-Sat., May 14 | 7:30 p.m. | BodyVox, 1201 NW 17th Ave. | $15 | For the 6th year this festival brings full-length + short films dedicated to the work of BIPOC film artists. 
  • Sean Rowe | Thurs., May 12 | 8 p.m. | Polaris Hall, 635 N. Killingsworth Ct. | $20 | Enjoy the powerful sounds and strong lyrics of this singer and songwriter. 
  • “Sex on the River” | Thurs., May 12-Sat., May 14 | 7:30-9 p.m. | The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza, 1785 NE Sandy Blvd. | $15+ | This musical tells the true story of Nancy Boggs, a Portland woman who operated a floating bordello in the 1880s. 
  • Cooper Mountain Vineyards x Hama Hama Oyster White Wine Release Party | Thurs., May 12 | 4-7 p.m. | Flying Fish Chef Shack, 3004 E. Burnside St. | Raise a glass to the release of this light, bright vintage; proceeds will be donated to the Puget Sound Restoration Fund.

Friday, May 13

  • UFO Festival | Fri., May 13-Sat., May 14 | Times vary | McMenamins Hotel Oregon, 310 NE Evans St., McMinnville | $125 | Galactic travelers will descend where the famous  Trent sightings took place to enjoy a costume contest, live music, and expert speakers.
  • Thorns vs. OL Reign | Fri., May 13 | 7 p.m. | Providence Park | $12+ | Here’s hoping the rain and the Reign are finished. ⚽
  • Big K.R.I.T. | Fri., May 13 | 8 p.m. | Roseland Theater | $26.50 + | Mississippi’s finest rapper brings his southern rhymes to PDX. 
  • French 79 | Fri., May 13 | 9 p.m. | Doug Fir Lounge | $18 | A night of synth-wave rhythms from Simon Henner featuring tracks from his successful debut album “Olympic,” and more. 
  • Leave Me On Read | Fri., May 13 | 7-9 p.m. | Kelly’s Olympian, 426 SW Washington St. | $13+ | This variety show explores relationships that end out of the blue + offers a safe place to laugh about them. 
  • Helado Negro | Fri., May 13 | 6-7:45 p.m. | The Old Church Concert Hall, 1422 SW 11th Ave. | $20+ | This south Florida native born to Ecuadorian parents is proud to bring both English + Spanish influences to his songwriting. 
  • Nordic Vintage & Treasure Sale | Fri., May 13 + Sat., May 14 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Nordic Northwest, 8800 SW Oleson Rd. | Free | Look for gently used + new collectibles, apparel, and home goods. 

Saturday, May 14  

  • Gifts from Japan: A Horticultural Tale Told through Botanical Art | Sat., May 14-Mon., July 4 | 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. | Portland Japanese Garden | $13.50+ | Discover the unique origins of flowers now widely presumed to be native to the US.
  • Oregon Humane Society’s Doggie Dash | Sat., May 14 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Tom McCall Waterfront Park | Free+ | Help raise money to fight animal cruelty, save injured pets + find homes for shelter pets in need. 🐈
  • Pink! Rosé Festival | Sat., May 14 | 1-4 p.m. | Ron Tonkin Field, 4460 NE Century Blvd., Hillsboro | $40 | Sixteen wineries will pour rosé all day, with wood-fired pizza, street tacos, music + more. 
  • Portland Timbers vs. Sporting Kansas City | Sat., May 14 | 7 p.m. | Providence Park | $40+ | Let’s remind the visiting team that they aren’t in Kansas anymore. 🌽 

Sunday, May 15

  • East Forest | Sun., May 15 | 8-10 p.m. | The Old Church Concert Hall, 1422 SW 11th Ave. | $17+ | Explore soundscapes that speak to your heart + create a deeply spiritual experience. 
  • Julianna Barwick | Sun., May 15 | 7 p.m. | Aladdin Theater | $22 | The Los Angeles-based composer, vocalist, and producer has created six critically acclaimed albums and scored a number of short films.
  • Oregon Nail Expo | Sun., May 15 | 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, 8235 NE Airport Way | $25+ | Nail professionals and students can network at this event, which returns for the 10th year.
  • Live Reggae Band | Sun., May 15 | 5-10 p.m. | CRUZROOM, 2314 NE Alberta St. | $7+ | Simba Puma and the Roaring Lions are back with more unforgettable, irie music. 

Monday, May 16-Sunday, May 22

Monday, May 16 

  • Gay Skate | Mon., May 16 | 7-9:30 p.m. | Oaks Amusement Park | $10 | You don’t want to miss this LGBTQ-friendly tradition. 
  • Monica Martin | Mon., May 16 | 8 p.m. | Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. | $15 | The Chicago-born singer-songwriter delivers low-key pop songs with a touch of Golden Age Hollywood + psychedelic.
  • Music Mondays: Free World-Music Interactive Dance Parties | Mon., May 16 | 5-7 p.m. | Pioneer Courthouse Square | Free | DJ Prashant leads a musical tour of the world with reggaeton, afrobeat, Brazilian funk, Eastern + Middle Eastern sounds. 🎶 

Tuesday, May 17 

  • Science Pub Portland: Green Aliens Among Us | Tues., May 17 | 7-9 p.m. | McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave. | $5 | Find out why plants might be the most out-of-this-world creatures you’ll ever meet. 🌱
  • Kurt Vile & The Violators | Tues., May 17 | 8 p.m. | McMenamins Crystal Ballroom | $35+ | Listen to the Philadelphia artist behind the hit song “Pretty Pimpin’.”
  • Bauhaus | Tues., May 17 | 8 p.m. | Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall | $145+ | This English rock band has been around since ‘78, and is still proving its timelessness, one song at a time. 
  • The Moth Story Slam: Water | Tues., May 17 | 8 p.m. | Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St. | $15 | Create + share your own short story about all things water: the beach, kiddie pools, bathtubs, or rain (a Portland favorite). 
  • The Rural Alberta Advantage | Tues., May 17 | 8 p.m. | Polaris Hall, 635 N. Killingsworth Ct. | $22.50+ | With themes ranging from hometowns to poverty, this group’s music is sure to evoke emotion.                                                                                                                                                                                           

Wednesday, May 18  

  • Thorns vs. Washington Spirit | Wed., May 18 | 7 p.m. | Providence Park | $10+ | We’ve got spirit, yes we do, we’ve got spirit, more than you. ⚽
  • Drag Bingo | Wed., May 18 | 7-9 p.m. | Moon Room, 930 SE Oak St. | Free| A night hosted by the fabulous Nashville Hott and Syda Pickles. 
  • Keeper Talks and Animal Activities |  Wed., May 18-Mon., Sept. 5 | 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m. | Oregon Zoo | $19+ | Watch the zoo’s residents interact with the people who take care of them.  
  • The Computer-Connected Brain: 21st Century Treatment of Epilepsy and Brain Cancer | Wed., May 18 | Online | Free | Join OHSU neurosurgeon Ahmed Raslan, M.D. for an exclusive look at the future of awake brain surgery + how new technology promises better treatment results.
  • Slaughter Beach, Dog | Wed., May 18 | 8 p.m. | Polaris Hall, 635 N. Killingsworth Ct. | $17 | This band is getting back to its Philadelphia roots with their fourth-coming album, “At The Moonbase.”                                                                                               

Thursday, May 19

  • Taste of Denmark: Kringle Tasting | Thurs., May 19 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Rd. | $5+ | Watch Chef Thor Erickson make pastries from one of the “happiest countries in the world” — and try them for yourself. 🇩🇰
  • SH/FT: A Celebration of Fashion Design | Thurs., May 19 | 7 p.m. | Online | Free | Poison Waters + friends take viewers on a tour celebrating upcycled garments and styles. 

Friday,  May 20 

  • Gorge 400 Rehabilitation and Camping Work Party | Fri., May 20-Sun., May 21 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | 750 Herman Creek Rd., Cascade Locks | Free | Volunteer some sweat equity to help maintain a legacy trail through picturesque surroundings. 
  • Portland Opera Sings | Fri., May 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Pioneer Courthouse Square | Free | Chorus artists perform musical theater hits + operatic arias. 
  • Desi Dance in the Square! | Fri., May 20 | 5-8 p.m. | Pioneer Courthouse Square | Free | DJ Anjali will spin the tunes as The Incredible Kid teaches South Asian dance moves.
  • Vanport Mosaic Festival | Fri., May 20-Tues., June 7 | Locations vary | Free | Learn about what was once Oregon’s second-largest city through performances, screenings, exhibits + more.  

Saturday, May 21 

  • “Rent” | Sat., May 21-Sun., July 10 | Times vary | Portland Center Stage at the Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave. | $25+ | Jonathan Larson’s iconic musical about young artists struggling through life in Lower Manhattan’s East Village celebrates its 25th anniversary.
  • Mt. Tabor Art Walk | Sat., May 21-Sun., May 22 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Locations around Mount Tabor neighborhood | Free | Browse paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass, jewelry, and more creations from 36 artists across 21 sites.
  • Thorns vs. Houston Dash | Sat., May 21 | 3 p.m. | Providence Park | $15+ | The team from Texas has dreams of winning in the PNW, but we’re here to … dash … them.
  • Paddle for Ukraine! | Sat., May 21 | 12-4 p.m. | Oaks Park Community Boathouse, 7815 SE Oaks Park Way | Donations encouraged | Join this benefit paddle where 100% of the proceeds will be donated to charity; kayaks, canoes + SUPs are welcome.
  • Super Market | Sat., May 21 | 5-10 p.m. | 811 E. Burnside St., back parking lot | Free | Shop for vintage items, craft goods, food + beverages while grooving to disco beats. 🛒

Sunday, May 22

  • Timbers vs. Philadelphia Union | Sun., May 22 | 7 p.m. | Providence Park | $27+ | The green and gold is primed to trample all over those slithery snakes. ⚽
  • Portland Bridal & Wedding Expo | Sun., May 22 | 12-5 p.m. | Portland Expo Center| Free, $10 at door | Carefully selected experts are ready to offer you advice on creating a memorable wedding experience.
  • Michael Seyer | Sun., May 22 | 8 p.m. | Polaris Hall, 635 N Killingsworth Ct. | $15 | Influenced by genres ranging from Japanese city pop to Brazilian bougie, this artist brings a unique variety to indie-pop. 
  • Kaki King | Sun., May 22 | 7 p.m. | Dolores Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway | $32.50+ | One of the greatest guitar innovators of our time presents “Modern Yesterdays,” a refined collection of her signature performances.  
  • Mercatus Wellness Fair | Sun., May 22 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Pioneer Courthouse Square | Free | Meet wellness practitioners from the Meratus BIOPOC Business Community + attend short workshops. 

Monday, May 23-Saturday, May 29

Monday, May 23

  • Bastille | Mon., May 23 | 8 p.m. | Keller Auditorium | $83+ | Eh-eh-oh, eh-oh, eh-eh-oh, eh-oh; if you know the rest, get tickets to this show.
  • Animal Collective | Mon., May 23 | 8 p.m. | McMenamins Crystal Ballroom | $35+ | One dollar from each ticket goes to support organizations advancing justice, equity, and dignity.
  • The Antlers | Mon., May 23 | 8 p.m. | Aladdin Theater | $25 | Pitchfork described this group’s latest album “Green to Gold” as “a post-rock orchestra playing around a campfire.” 

Tuesday, May 24 

  • Julia, Lou + Hamilton | Tues., May 24 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | The Old Church Concert Hall, 1422 SW 11th Ave. | $25 | They say good things come in threes — this time, it’s three trios for cello, clarinet + piano. 
  • A Place to Bury Strangers | Tues., May 24 | 8 p.m. | Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. | $20 | Often described as the “loudest band in New York,” APTBS wants to turn up the volume in PDX. 
  • Liz Carlisle + Latrice Tatsey | Tues., May 24 | 7 p.m. | Powell’s City of Books | Free | Discover how farmers are reconnecting with their roots to fight climate change. 

Wednesday, May 25 

  • Columbia Riverkeeper Benefit Concert: Waterways | Wed., May 25 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | The Old Church Concert Hall, 1422 SW 11th Ave. | $36+| Enjoy an art exhibit, concert + CD release party. 
  • Cultural Demonstration: Bonsai | Wed., May 25 | Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center, 611 SW Kingston Ave. | $13.50+ | Watch a live bonsai presentation by Andrew Robson, director of the Portland Bonsai Village. 🌳
  • Peter Rock | Wed., May 25 | 7 p.m. | Powell’s City of Books | Free | The author talks about “Passersthrough,” a tale of family, memory, and the border between life and death. 

Thursday, May 26

  • Emma Willmann | Thurs., May 26 | 8 p.m. | Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave. | $20+ | The comedian, podcast host + actor was named one of the “10 funniest women in NYC” by TimeOut. 
  • Giant Rooks | Thurs., May 26 | 9 p.m. | Doug Fir Lounge | $18+ | The five-member German band performs soft melodic pop.

Friday, May 27

  • CityFair | Fri., May 27-Sun., June 12 | Times vary | Tom McCall Waterfront Park | $8+ | Find entertainment, food + rides by the banks of the Willamette River. 
  • Thelma and the Sleaze | Fri., May 27 | 9 p.m. | Doug Fir Lounge | $15 | After successfully touring around the United States for years, the group is ready to turn Portlanders into “creepers” (what they call their fans).
  • Cultural Demonstration: Tea Ceremony | Fri., May 27 | 1:15-2:15 p.m. | Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center, 611 SW Kingston Ave. | $13.50+ | Enjoy a demonstration of chado, the Japanese “way of tea.” 
  • Willy Vlautin | Fri., May 27 | 7 p.m. | Powell’s City of Books | Free | Explore the author’s reasoning behind writing about the impact of gentrification, greed + opportunistic thinking in “The Night Always Comes.” 
  • Portland Rose Festival | Fri., May 27-Tues., June 26 | Locations vary | Prices vary | CityFair + multiple parades return for the City of Roses’ biggest party of the year. 🌹

Saturday, May 28 

  • TEDxPortland | Sat., May 28 | 9 a.m. | Moda Center | $69+ | The largest TEDx event in the world celebrates its 10th anniversary with inspiring speakers, local food vendors, and business pop-ups outside.
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in Concert | Sat., May 28-Sun., May 29 | 7:30 p.m. + 2 p.m. | Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall | $29+ | I must not tell lies — this live-scored showing will be magical.
  • Cultural Performance: Koto Harp | Sat., May 28 | 1:15-2:15 p.m. | Portland Japanese Garden | $13.50+ | The koto is a thirteen-string plucked zither, and you won’t want to miss the chance to enjoy Mitsuki Dazai’s live performance.
  • Multnomah County Fair | Sat., May 28-Mon., May 30 | 12-7 p.m. | Oaks Amusement Park | Free | Bring the whole family to enjoy music, a car show, exhibits, small animals + more. 🐷

Sunday, May 29

  • Lawrence + MisterWives | Sun., May 29 | 7:30 p.m. | McMenamins Crystal Ballroom | $35 | Exciting VIP experiences let you get to hang with the two pop bands.
  • Sundae Jams | Sundays, now-Sept. 25 | 4-6 p.m. | FILLS, 3955 Mercantile Dr., Lake Oswego | Free | Celebrate summer with live outdoor music + beer or wine tastings on the patio. 🕶️  

Monday, May 30-Tuesday, May 31

Monday, May 30

  • Snoh Aalegra | Mon., May 30 | 8 p.m. | Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall | $44.50+ | The award-winning R&B artist builds on the momentum of her two latest albums with the “Ugh, These Temporary Highs Tour.”
  • Starset | Mon., May 30 | 7 p.m. | Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave. | $25 | The rock band from Ohio may not hail from space, but they create some out-of-this-world music. 

Tuesday, May 31 

  • Ladybug Walk | Tues., May 31 | 10:30 a.m. | Ventura Park, 460 SE 113th Ave. | $9+ | Trained educators guide this walk in a park for children aged 18 months to 6 years.
  • The Pineapple Thief | Tues., May 31 | 7:30 p.m. | Hawthorne Theater | $30 | The British progressive rock band known for its album “Variations on a Dream” is joined by guest Gavin Harrison.
  • “Pretty Woman – The Musical” | Tues., May 31-Sun., June 5 | Times vary | Keller Auditorium | $29.50+ | It would be a big mistake not to see this show.